Robert Burns House


About Robert Burns House

A simple sandstone house on a quiet Dumfries side street, Robert Burns House is where the poet spent the final years of his life before he died here in 1796, aged just 37. The family moved here in May 1793 and you can see just how they would have lived in the late 18th century while he worked as an exciseman, having decided the farming life was not for him!

Track down Burns’ name scratched on an upstairs window pane with his diamond stylus and see how it has become a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the globe.

Visitors can access Burns Mausoleum by contacting staff at Robert Burns House on 01387 255297.

Find out more about what you can see at Robert Burns House below, or find out more information on the website.

What you’ll see

Explore history

Step back in time in the atmospheric kitchen, bed chamber and writing room that have been furnished as they would have been during Robert Burns’ lifetime.


Two other rooms contain displays of significant artefacts associated with Burns and his life in Dumfries as a family man, poet and exciseman.


The gates of Robert Burns’ mausoleum in nearby St Michael’s graveyard can be opened for visitors by staff from Robert Burns House. It is best to telephone ahead to check when this option is available.

More information


Robert Burns House,
Burns Street,


Four steps lead from the cobbled street to the door of Robert Burns House. Two rooms can be viewed on the ground floor. Visitors climb a narrow stair to four more rooms on the first floor. The closest public toilets, including disabled access toilets, are in the nearby Loreburn Shopping Centre. A virtual tour of Robert Burns House is available on request at the Robert Burns Centre.




A sales area has books, gifts and keepsakes, all with a Burns connection.

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